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November 26, 2015

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Don Jose Mexican Restaurant menu now on the Icon

Don Jose Mexican Restaurant, 142 N. Main St., Bluffton, is the Icon's newest advertiser.

The restaurant's menu is now posted with all other restaurant advertisers' menus.

A printer-friendly menu may be viewed by clicking here (or opening the "Menu" listing on the black horizontal bar at the top of the home page).

Christine Purves was a teacher in Bluffton and overseas, involved in many Bluffton University programs

Christine H. Purves, 96 of Bluffton died Nov. 25, 2015. at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. 

She was born Sept. 14, 1919, in Berne, Ind., to Carl and Martha (Baumgartner) Habegger. On Aug. 28, 1943, she married John H. Purves (Jack), who preceded her in death. They were married 58 years. Mrs. Purves graduated from Berne High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She was a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, an honorary music society.


BFR launches 2016 annual campaign - with $60,000 goal

Bluffton Family Recreation has launched its 2016 annual campaign, according to Joseph Beagle, director.

The campaign’s goal of $60,000 will assist BFR in upgrading its existing programs, fitness center and sports services.

“BFR continues to reinvent itself by adding new and upgrading our existing programs, in addition to providing the community with a fitness center and sports services,” he said.

He noted several programs in 2016 that benefit the community.

Paul Dyck is this year's Blaze "switch-hitter" MHCO representatives serve as parade marshals

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO), celebrating its 60th annivesary year, will be recognized during the Saturday, Nov. 28, Blaze of Lights.

Terry Mullenhour, chairperson of the Village Cultural Affairs Committee, who choses the switch hitter and parade marshals said that the committee chose MHCO because of their anniversary year and their long committment of service to the community.

Paul Dyck, retired administrator, is this year's "switch hitter." In addition, several residents and associates serve as parade marshals.

Festival of Lessons and Carols Dec. 13 at Yoder Recital Hall

Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers and University Chorale will headline “A Festival of Lessons and Carols,” the university’s Christmas choral concert, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, in Yoder Recital Hall.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens. They are available online, at http://tickets.bluffton.edu, or in person at the Marbeck Center information desk.

University presents Messiah Dec. 6

Bluffton University will present its 120th performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in Founders Hall. The event is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken.

Dr. Mark J. Suderman, professor of music and director of choral activities at the university, will conduct the oratorio for the 14th time at Bluffton, where he has taught since 2000. The 20-member orchestra includes professional players from the area and some Bluffton faculty and staff. Students join faculty, staff and community members in the 65-voice Bluffton Choral Society.

Christmas Festival Dec. 8 at university

Soloists and ensembles from the Bluffton University Music Department will present a “Christmas Festival” in a Dec. 8 campus forum, free and open to the public at 11 a.m. in Yoder Recital Hall.

Sheerer powers Bluffton to 85-79 win over Heidelberg

November 24, 2015
By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University women’s basketball team continued its winning ways as the Beavers knocked off the Heidelberg Student Princes, 85-79, in front of a raucous pre-Thanksgiving crowd in the Sommer Center on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Bluffton improved to 3-0 on the young season, while the Student Princes dropped to 2-2.

Photo art exhibit at Book ReViews during Blaze of Lights

Christina Dare, photo artist, will have an exhibit of her work at Book ReViews, 123 S. Main St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, according to Dr. Christina Walton, manager.

Dare will talk about her photos during the show.

After retiring from Owens Community College, Dare’s hobby became a full time successful award winning photography career with photo art exhibits in Ohio and international online venue.

Her photos use micro and macro elements of design and manipulation of flora, sky, nature and fractals.


Bluffton's newest business, Li Co Chinese and Italian Restaurant, opens Nov. 30

Bluffton’s newest business, Li Co Chinese and Italian Restaurant, will open for business on Monday, Nov. 30.

Located in the former Bluffton KFC Restaurant, 415 State Route 103, Bluffton, the restaurant will be open seven days a week.

Wen and Cheng Tsai of Lima are the owners. The couple will work in all aspects of the business including the kitchen. In addition, Allen Chu, who also has several years of restaurant background in Taiwan, is the restaurant’s Italian chef.